The Cleveland Browns have announced that their quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Patriots will be Jason Campbell, who has battled his way back from a concussion he suffered on November 24th.
Campbell took over for former Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer after he got injured, then when Campbell went down the starter at the beginning of the year Brandon Weeden took over. Weeden suffered a concussion of his own last week and it was uncertain who would be the Browns quarterback for Sunday.
“It was tough to sit out,” Campbell said. “I thought it was important to get back playing, but at the same time there’s life after football, so I wanted to make sure that part was handled correctly before I got back on the field.”
Having Jason Campbell in there gives the Browns the best chance to win with their current circumstances. The Browns were planning on starting Alex Tanney or Caleb Hannie if Campbell couldn’t go and both of those guys have been with the team less than two weeks.
Campbell has gone just 1-3 since taking over on October 27th and has a six touchdown to three interception ratio. Campbell is 0-2 against the Patriots in his career and has two touchdowns to three interceptions in those two games. The Browns are going to need a better output from Campbell if they want to beat the Patriots and it’s not impossible.
On November third, Campbell took on the Baltimore Ravens at home and put up three touchdowns and no interceptions with a 65.7 completion percentage. The Browns went on to win that game against the defending Super Bowl Champions.
The Patriots can’t look past the Browns as they hope to clinch a top-two seed in the playoffs. Another loss or two would put the Patriots in a tough position and make clinching the number one seed nearly impossible.